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Morales Calls for Referendum
12-06-07, 9:32 pm
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 From the Washington Post:SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia, Dec. 5 — Facing a bitter political crisis over plans to rewrite Bolivia‘s constitution, President Evo Morales called Wednesday night for a national referendum to determine whether he should remain president.

In a nationally televised address, Morales said he would deliver the proposal to Congress on Thursday, and he challenged his main political opponents — six of the nine regional governors — to stake their political futures on the same kind of vote.

If the people say that I should go, I don’t have a problem with that,” said Morales, a socialist who was elected in 2005 promising to nationalize the country’s natural resources and give more political power to the indigenous majority. “Let the people say who goes and who stays.”


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